March 2, 2024

FOLLOWING THE 9TH: In the Footsteps of Beethoven’s Final Symphony

Showing: Wednesday, January 8 – 7:30 PM
Title: FOLLOWING THE 9TH: In the Footsteps of Beethoven's Final Symphony
Year: 2013
Country: USA
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FollowingTheNinthhighresposter(1)A special program including Meet the Filmmaker, with coproducer Greg Mitchell interviewed by WQXR’s Elliott Forrest, Beethoven performed on piano by Yashar Yaslowitz before the film, and special surprises afterward. Advance sale ticketing is closed and there are only a handful of tickets left available. This program will sell out.  Please arrive early. This program begins at 7:30.

Following the 9th is a moving exploration of the worldwide cultural and political influence of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and the “Ode to Joy,” from Chile to China (plus Billy Bragg). Written near the end of Beethoven’s life, for himself, the people of his day, and for all generations to come, Beethoven’s 9th still resonates as an international anthem of hope. Begin 2014 with a journey into the heart and soul of one of the great works of world art. USA, 2013, 78 minutes, documentary

The evening begins at 7:30. We’ve made this a special community event with a program that includes pianist Yashar Yaslowitz performing Beethoven before and after the screening.

Enrich the experience: Yashar Yaslowitz performs Beethoven: The Great Piano Sonatas at theUnion Arts Center in Sparkill, Dec. 27, 28 & 29. In the Carnegie Concert Series at the Nyack Library, Yashar Yaslowitz and Greg Mitchell present Journeys with Beethoven, a multimedia program with 8 more Beethoven sonatas, Jan 11 & 25, and Feb. 8 & 22.

“Thrilling. . .smartly assembled and gracefully paced.” – Daniel M. Gold, The New York Times

“Majestic. . .that rarest of films: a documentary as ineffable and transformative in its reach as it sets out to be.” John Oursler, Village Voice

“A beautiful and powerful film.” – Bill Moyers, Bill Moyers Journal

Below, Bill Moyers previews Following the 9th on his November 15 program.

“This week Bill previews the new film Following the Ninth: In the Footsteps of Beethoven’s Final Symphony, a documentary exploring the worldwide cultural and political influence of Beethoven’s masterpiece and its majestic ‘Ode to Joy.'” To see a collection of Bill Moyers’ favorite “Ode to Joy” flashmobs, click here.